High Court in India Nixes Religious-Disclosure Requirement on Government Forms; Also, “None” is Now Permitted

In India, until now, various forms provided by the government asked citizens to disclose their religion — and “none” wasn’t an option. Good news:

In a landmark ruling, the Bombay high court on Tuesday held that the state cannot compel any individual to declare or specify his or her religion, on any form or declaration. Acting on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by three individuals, the division bench of justices Abhay Oka and AS Chandurkar further held that every individual has the right to state that he or she does not belong to any religion and does not practice or profess any religion.

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Relative of Duck Dynasty Clan, Now Running for Congress, Said Sandy Hook Massacre Was the Result of Atheism

In June, we learned that Zach Dasher, cousin of Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, wanted to run for Congress from Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District.

In many cases, it’s unfair to judge someone by his relatives. In Dasher’s case, it’s perfectly appropriate, since he seems to follow the family’s politics down the line:

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After Teacher Physically Forced First-Grader to Stand Up During the Pledge, District Says It Won’t Happen Again

Earlier this month, I posted about a teacher physically lifting a student out of his seat because he wouldn’t stand up during the Pledge of Allegiance. It happened to a first-grader in the New Town Public School District in North Dakota.

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“Clergy on Patrol” Program Must Be Stopped, Says Humanist Group

Earlier this month, police officers in Rochester, New York launched a new way to patrol the city:

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In the Least Surprising News You’ll Hear Today, Stephen Hawking is an Atheist

Physicist Stephen Hawking has always had a somewhat squishy view of God. The author of books like God Created The Integers, he always seemed to be on the fence, saying that science and religion weren’t incompatible without admitting that he didn’t believe in a higher power. In a book called The Grand Design, Hawking said God was “no longer necessary” because we knew so much about the origins of the universe… but, again, that wasn’t a definitive statement.

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